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The safety of elderly and disabled people who rely on homecare is being put at risk because staff are receiving inadequate training, according to a UNISON study. This survey of more than 1,000 care workers employed by councils and private firms across the UK, found that staff are increasingly being…
A new survey from social care recruiter Randstad Care has established social care professionals are cumulatively missing out on £10bn a year in the unpaid time it takes to get to work. As workers are forced further out into the suburbs, and commutes grow longer, the 2 million people who…
Skills for Health has commissioned a new report that explores the latest available research, a literature review of existing evidence and current opinion around the use of Assistant Practitioners in the NHS. It investigates the benefits of their use against the barriers of their implementation in the industry and explores…
The mental health of social workers is being put at risk amid a harsh employment environment characterised by rising caseloads and excessively long hours. That was the warning from Bridget Robb in her capacity as General Secretary of the Social Workers Union. Speaking at the union’s annual general meeting, Ms…
The next government should focus taxpayers' money on ensuring young children are taught and cared for by high-quality, fully-trained staff, according to campaigners. Many promises have been made in the run-up to the General Election around extending free childcare for pre-school children, but there needs to be a close look…
The NHS is facing a major shortage of workers in key areas such as primary care and mental health, a think-tank has warned. Community nursing is also suffering from a lack of senior district nurses, which have fallen by 30%, while there are now 16% fewer community matrons than five…
A new licencing model for specific groups of care workers in Wales, including those going into people’s homes, is being proposed by the Care Council for Wales (CCW) in its response to the Government’s Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill. Such a model, directed at groups which currently…
A survey that aims to understand the experiences, attitudes and outlook of the Scottish social services workforce has been launched today. If you provide care and support in Scotland, 'The View from Here' survey from The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) would welcome your input. IRISS…
The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) has published the twelfth of its Service Provider Optimism surveys, which explores the impact of changes within the sector on providers. The Provider Optimism Survey Winter 2014-15 shows a marked decline in providers’ levels of optimism about the general business…
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today published a revised Code which places public expectations at the heart of good nursing and midwifery practice. From today, every nurse and midwife in the UK will practice in line with a revised Code from their regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council…
Seventy workers in Glasgow City Council’s Homeless Service will walk out this lunchtime in a dispute over their pay grade. The workers are all members of the trade union UNISON and will are taking strike action in a dispute over the application of the council’s job evaluation scheme to the…
Workers on zero-hours contracts and irregular hours are afraid to speak out about their rights for fear of losing their job, a new report has revealed. A study by Citizens Advice showed that people contacting a bureau for help are more likely to have fluctuating hours or shift patterns than…